Cloud Computing Drives Integration of HR and Finance Functions

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Michael Marlowe is a well-established telecommunications advisor who’s experience ranges the spectrum of Columbus, OH companies between Fortune 500 and startups that have been included among Inc.’s 500 fastest-growing companies in the country. The areas in which Michael Marlowe has extensive experience as a Columbus, OH, executive range from fiber optics to cloud computing.

A recent Forbes article brought attention to the cloud’s increasing role in bringing together various enterprise functions, including those involved in finance, IT, and human capital management. In particular, an MIT survey identified the strategic necessity behind transitioning shared HR and finance systems to the cloud. Convergence is believed to drive performance and productivity gains, which in turn enables executives to focus on core revenue-generating activities.

A key component of cloud solutions centers on the use of common reporting tools, with technological skill requirements fostering critical and innovative thinking. According to the survey, areas such as workforce planning and budgeting can be more tightly interwoven in ways that make new insights and efficiencies possible. This enables continuous change and a clearer view of potential industry disruptions on the horizon.


How a Firewall Works

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In April 2017, Michael Marlowe became the director of strategy and vice president of new markets for ChaseTek in Columbus, OH. Michael Marlowe serves the Columbus, OH, company by identifying and acting on growth opportunities in the management of infrastructure and elements of such infrastructure, including firewalls.

As its name indicates, a firewall functions as a protection against unwanted and potentially dangerous information coming into a network. It serves the dual purpose of preventing users outside of a private network from accessing protected resources, while simultaneously screening the information that its own users can encounter.

Network traffic approaches a firewall in a container known as a packet. Each packet includes a control header, which contains such key information as the destination and source of the packet’s data payload. Depending on its construction, the firewall may exclusively use the control header or examine the contents of the packet to determine whether it should let the information through.

A firewall evaluates each set of data using a sequence of pre-set rules. As soon as the firewall identifies a rule that applies to the incoming information, it applies the associated action. If there is no applicable rule, the firewall applies a default action.

One of three things can happen to any incoming packet of data, the first being the data’s acceptance and passage through into the network. If the firewall chooses to block the traffic, however, it can send a reply to the sender that the recipient is unreachable. In some cases, however, the designer of the firewall can choose to disallow the passage of data with no reply to the sender.

ChaseTek – Telecom Advisors

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Michael Marlowe serves as ChaseTek’s director of strategy and vice president of new markets. In his over two decades of experience Michael Marlowe has been employed at several large organizations, operated as the principal consultant for an innovation assessment for the City of Columbus, OH, and is an experienced telecom advisor

ChaseTek was established in 2004 with the mission of designing, acquiring, implementing, and managing infrastructure for the use of various technologies in a comprehensive manner. Specializing in not only voice and data networks such as telephone services and the Internet, but also help desk and vendor management, ChaseTek maintains a commitment to providing advanced system analysis and ensuring personalized maintenance and management support so that it can continuously deliver effective solutions to its clients.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, ChaseTek operates in over 9,000 domestic and international locations and serves more than 1,900 brands. To learn more about ChaseTek, visit

A Primer on Firewalls


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A strategy executive with experience in finance and telecommunications, Michael Marlowe serves as the director of strategy and vice president of new markets with ChaseTek in Columbus, OH. In his leadership role with the Columbus, OH-based firm, Michael Marlowe serves as a point of contact for services such as VoIP, landline, and firewall management.

In today’s tech-centered world, nearly all telecommunications companies offer some kind of firewall management service. At the most basic level, a firewall refers to a method of filtering incoming and outgoing Internet traffic with the purpose of ensuring network security. The ideal firewall should allow all legitimate traffic through while preventing unwanted traffic that may be harmful to the user’s system.

Firewalls achieve network security in a number of ways. Simple firewalls examine information for characteristics such as its source and location, which can give clues regarding its legitimacy. While these types of firewalls are great at preventing unwanted data from coming in, they do little to prevent unwanted outgoing data from “Trojan horse” viruses. To prevent these malicious programs from transmitting user data, complex software firewalls can be used alongside a hardware firewall.